Archive - August, 2013

Prepare for School the Best Way Possible: with Logos 5

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Logos 5 brings out the best in your theological resources. With smart features like Clause Search, Timeline, and Bible Facts, you’ll get much more out of your Bible study. In fact, some back-to-school resources work particularly well with Logos 5—here are just a few.

Classroom essentials come to life with the Sermon Starter Guide

The Sermon Starter Guide helps you write stronger sermons and research papers in a fraction of the time. Just open it, enter a passage or topic, and see a list of relevant topics and resources. This tool also lists key passages, illustrations, and preaching outlines.

Some of our special back-to-school titles work especially well with this feature. Whenever you research a verse from the Bible, all the commentaries listed below will appear in the “Commentaries” section, and Logos will find the specific information you need.

Use coupon code BTS2013 to save on titles like:

10 Wise Quotes from Timothy Keller

Logos is proud to team up with Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church to offer the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, a digital collection of more than 22 years’ worth of Keller’s expositional sermons.

This exciting project will put over 1,200 sermons in your Logos library1, allowing you to search for topics and Scripture passages and helping you in your personal studies, sermon preparation, and devotional reading.

Here are 10 quotes straight from the sermon archive:

1. “Occasionally God rips aside the veil, and you begin to see this very fact: All things happen for you. All things. Everything is knit together.”

2. “God is so great that he works out a plan, a plan to work everything out for your good if you belong to him, and his glory, which takes into consideration your choices, and still works his plan out infallibly.” Continue Reading…

  1. The sermons are being released in five increments: 1989–1993, 1994–1998, 1999–2004, 2004–2009, and 2010–2011, and the first two increments have already shipped. You’ll receive future releases as free downloads as soon as they’re issued. []

Last Chance: Get Special Deals during Our 500K Celebration!

The Logos forums recently passed both the 100,000-user and the 500,000-comment thresholds. To celebrate, we’ve put some exciting resources on sale for just a few more days!

Save on the following books and collections through September 2:

the-works-of-john-owen (1)The Works of John Owen

Regularly $399.95—only $269.95 with coupon code JOWEN2013 

This collection includes Owen’s massive work on Hebrews. This vast commentary—almost 4,000 pages, and over two million words—reflects Owen’s careful inquiry and mastery of the text, and vindicates Owen’s claim that “this epistle is as useful to the church as the sun is to the world.”

The United Bible Societies’ New Testament Handbook Series

Regularly $399.95—only $249.95 with coupon code UNITEDNT2013 

This 20-volume set of detailed commentaries provides exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the original text. The series has been instrumental in helping translators all over the world spread God’s Word. Continue Reading…

Last Chance: Subscribe to Book Cache and Get Free Logos Gear!

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Logos’ new Book Cache program is the perfect solution for pastors, students, and book lovers who want to set a monthly book budget and stick to it. With Book Cache, you can take advantage of massive Pre-Pub discounts, avoid administrative fees, and—for just a few more days—get free Logos swag.

Until August 31, when you subscribe to Book Cache and set aside at least $60 a month, you’ll get awesome Logos gear—free!

Here are all the ways you can be the envy of the office:

  • $60/month: get a Logos cap
  • $80/month: get a Logos cap and mug
  • $100/month: get a Logos cap, mug, and T-shirt
  • $200/month: get a Logos cap, mug, T-shirt, and water bottle
  • $500/month: get a Logos cap, mug, T-shirt, water bottle, and sweatshirt
  • $1,000/month: get it all! Everything listed above, plus a Logos fleece

In addition to these freebies, here are a few more reasons you should subscribe to Book Cache today:

1. It’s book-budget management at its best

We know that a lot of you receive monthly budgets for Bible study products and tools. To accommodate this, Book Cache charges your card each month for credit on your Logos.com account. You choose how much credit goes into your account; we take care of the rest. This is a no-fuss, stress-free way to manage your budget.

2. You’ll get big Pre-Pub discounts

Book Cache helps build credit in your Logos.com account—when that Pre-Pub you’ve been wanting becomes available, you’ll be ready to pay for it. This helps you avoid charging the entire price to your credit card all at once, paying a higher price once the resource ships, or incurring extra payment-plan fees. Book Cache is the most practical way to get the biggest discounts on Pre-Pub.

3. You’ll build up Logos.com credit that never expires

Credit purchased through Book Cache never expires or depreciates. All your account contributions can be used anytime and on any Logos resource.

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Subscribe to Book Cache before August 31 to get the most out of your monthly book budget—and look awesome doing it with your free Logos gear!

How to Understand the Bible’s Context

Understanding scriptural context can be difficult. If you really want every angle, you might be consulting dozens of biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias. And with print editions, that’s an awful lot of flipping pages and checking tables of contents.

Now there’s a better way.

With Logos 5, you get more than an extended library of hundreds of books and features. You get a fast, precise way into that information: Logos 5′s Bible Facts feature.

 “Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5.”
—David Barton, founder and president, Wallbuilders

Here’s how it works:

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Right now, you can save big on a base package upgrade. Check out all of Logos 5′s smart features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.

Where Did History Come From?

Herodotus-The-Persian-WarsIn the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus changed how we think about ourselves. He wrote The Persian Wars, and our modern understanding of history—that of a unified narrative characterized by cause and effect—was born.

Herodotus: father of history

The Persian Wars examines not only the Greco-Persian Wars, but also the rise and rule of the Persian Empire and the history and cultural background of Scythia and Egypt. These volumes, Herodotus’ only works, have had such a vast influence that Cicero called Herodotus the “father of history.” For George H. Chase, writing in vol. 51 of the Harvard Classics, “what distinguishes [Herodotus] from his predecessors and gives him a unique place in the history of literature is the fact that he was the first writer to undertake the narration of a series of events of world-wide importance upon a comprehensive plan and to trace in those events the relations of cause and effect” (emphasis added). Herodotus was also among the first writers to assess historical stories for truthfulness, though not without certain oversights.1 He wrote in a clear, simple style—“a wonderful achievement,” notes Chase, “when one considers that this is the first literary prose that was written in Europe.” Continue Reading…

  1. His fact checking, though a major step forward, overlooks some delightful fables: Herodotus famously describes “ants, not as big as dogs but bigger than foxes,” and notes that “the sand which they carry from [their] holes is full of gold.” These gold-digging ants chase down and kill camels. []

Quotations from Throughout Church History

1500-quotations-for-preachers-with-slidesThis spring, we released 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, a five-volume collection of quotations from throughout church history. Each quotation features a professionally designed slide, is tagged with Scripture references and themes, and contains a full bibliographic citation of its original source.

The response to this collection has been very positive. But much as it pains me to admit it, I know there are people who are interested in just a few of these volumes—not the whole set. If you’re one of those people, I have good news for you: each volume is now available individually.

Continue Reading…

Get the ESV Audio Bible Free on Pre-Pub!

esv-hear-the-word-audio-bibleThe ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible allows you to simultaneously read and listen to the entire ESV using the audio read-along feature for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. And right now, you can pre-order it free—you just have to own the ESV translation.

This audio Bible provides more than 75 hours of Bible reading, conveniently recorded for listening at home, in your car, on your mobile device—anywhere you have an internet connection. You’ll appreciate the ESV’s word-for-word precision, literary excellence, and beauty.

About the ESV

The English Standard Version, first published in 2001, is considered “essentially literal.” One of today’s most widely used translations, it seeks to capture the precise word-for-word meaning of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Millions prefer this translation for personal reading, public worship, in-depth study, and Scripture memorization.

In Logos, the audio syncs perfectly with the ESV Bible text. Logos saves your spot, so when you shut down your computer and open the app on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll pick up right where you left off. Continue Reading…

Get Big Discounts during Our Labor Day Sale

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Labor Day, for many of us, means an end to summer and a return to routine. Because that often entails getting back to more regular Bible study, we’re discounting a few of our best-selling collections and resources. This sale runs only through September 3—if you’ve had any of these on your wish list, get them right away!

Included in the sale:

new-testament-for-everyone-seriesNew Testament for Everyone Series (16 vols.)

Regularly $179.95—get it for $139.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2013

The New Testament for Everyone Series (16 vols.) provides guides to the books of the New Testament, as well as Wright’s fresh translation of the entire NT text.

Tyndale Biblical Reference Collection (12 vols.)

Regularly $149.95—get it for $139.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2013

Whether you’re preparing a sermon, teaching a Sunday school class, leading a small group, or simply hoping to expand your knowledge of the Bible, you’ll find useful resources in the 12 vol. Tyndale Biblical Reference Collection. Continue Reading…

How to Save Thousands on Your Library

base-packageBecause resources in base packages are significantly less expensive than their print equivalents, upgrading your Logos 5 base package can save you thousands of dollars. (The best part is that, with Logos’ integrated tags and hyperlinks, these collections, commentaries, and devotionals are actually worth far more!)

Upgrading also gives you big savings on individual digital titles. For example, Platinum, which costs $2,149.95 before upgrade savings, includes six resources that, if purchased separately, cover the cost of the entire package. That means you’re getting the remaining 1,364 resources (and all the features) for free.

Not a bad deal, right?

All our base package upgrades offer incredible savings. Here’s how some of them break down:

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  • Resources: 2,585
  • Print price: $78,000
  • Logos price: $4,979.95 before upgrade savings

Key resources:

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